Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

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Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by OldBill » 13 Aug 2021 01:01

I've seen photographs of a fair number of derelict Japanese landing craft, the Daihatsu's, at Guadalcanal. Did the Allies ever repair and use any? Most captured Japanese equipment seems to have been used by Allied forces there, such as the engineering equipment and trucks. What about the naval equipment?

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Re: Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 14 Aug 2021 02:01

Not run across any descriptions of that.

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Re: Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by Takao » 15 Aug 2021 11:17

The Australians used a few, but they were not from Guadalcanal.

I too have seen photos of derelicts, but not any refurbished and put back into use at Guadalcanal.

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Re: Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by OpanaPointer » 15 Aug 2021 11:23

The logistics issues would militate against any extensive use/rehab of the Japanese gear. SAE tools, we had tons. Metric, not so much. I'd have to check the Lend-Lease schedules to see if we even produced metric tools. (Probably, but they would have been pipelined to the allies first.)
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Re: Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by OldBill » 15 Aug 2021 20:02

I'm mainly looking at what could have been used immediately, or close to it. There were plenty of tools captured, possibly parts too. The reason I asked is that shortages on the US side (caused by the transports leaving before they had been completely unloaded) meant that just about everything the Japanese had left was used by the US. It certainly made me curious about the Daihatsu's. Perhaps the one thing the US wasn't short of was landing craft...

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Post by Takao » 15 Aug 2021 20:17

Well, if there were no transports to unload...

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Post by OpanaPointer » 15 Aug 2021 20:29

OldBill wrote:
15 Aug 2021 20:02
I'm mainly looking at what could have been used immediately, or close to it. There were plenty of tools captured, possibly parts too. The reason I asked is that shortages on the US side (caused by the transports leaving before they had been completely unloaded) meant that just about everything the Japanese had left was used by the US. It certainly made me curious about the Daihatsu's. Perhaps the one thing the US wasn't short of was landing craft...
I'm still good with the logistics being an issue. "There were plenty of tools captured, possibly parts too." I've been looking for that information, where did you find it?
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Re: Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by OldBill » 16 Aug 2021 14:07

I just finished Hornfischer's "Neptunes Inferno" and the last of Tull's trilogy, it's in one of those. I'll trawl through them again this evening to find what we are looking for. It was a reference to the captured materials and facilities. Give me a couple days and I'll come up with it.

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Re: Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by Carl Schwamberger » 16 Aug 2021 15:57

Skimming some of the literature suggests the Japanese did not leave Daihatsu landing craft lying about as utility boats. They belonged to specialty transport/assualt flotillas. Other types of small craft, barges or lighters were far more likely to be found servicing places like the Solomon islands cross beach lighterage ops.

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Re: Use of Japanese Daihatsu landing craft at Guadalcanal by Allies

Post by Takao » 16 Aug 2021 16:04

There is at least one instance of Americans using a Daihatsu...at Attu.
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